Student researcher models rain in Malawi

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In Malawi, farmers can only plant their main food crops during the rainy season. If the timing of the planting and the rains are out of sync, their families won’t have enough to eat. Victoria Breeze, seen in this photo, is a student in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. She is researching changing rainfall patterns in Malawi, and setting up weather stations to collect rainfall data.

Listen to an interview with her here.

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Diversifying a life-giving crop

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“Maize is Life.” This is what Erin Anders heard over and over from farmers in Malawi. Even though Malawians say “Maize is Life,” it is not actually very nutritious, and malnutrition is a big problem in Malawi. Erin, at left in this image, explains how farmers in Malawi are adding a highly nutritious crop called pigeon pea to their fields.

Listen to the podcast here.

(Related photo story: Maize and the pigeon pea)